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                                   LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES 2021/2022
                              GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS AND COURSE LOAD
The graduation requirements of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy are established by the IMSA Board of Trustees. Each
semester students must take a minimum of five academic courses (2.5 credits) for a letter grade (not Pass/Fail) not including Fine Arts,
Wellness, SIR, Internship, and Independent Study. Students may enroll in a maximum of nine courses each semester including academic
courses, Fine Arts, Wellness, SIR, Internship, and Independent Study. The College and Academic Counselor approves enrollment for
students in all courses and experiences. Only courses taken for a letter grade will count towards graduation credit.

Credit in courses taken at the Academy must total a minimum of 17 units in three years. The credit distribution is:
• Eight (8.0) credits in Science and Mathematics, which include :
     a) Minimum four credits (4.0) in Science, which include completion of the core science program. The core science pro-
         gram consists of three one semester courses: SCI105, Scientific Inquiries - Chemistry; SCI115, Scientific Inquiries - Physics;
         SCI135, Methods in Scientific Inquiry; and one full year of SCI600, Advanced Biological Systems. All students are required
         to complete SCI135, Methods in Scientific Inquiry. Students new to IMSA who demonstrate an exemplary past academic
         record in physics or chemistry may choose to take a placement exam in that particular subject. A satisfactory placement exam
         score will demonstrate competency in the subject matter of that particular course and the student will then be enrolled in an
         appropriate elective course.
     b) Minimum three (3.0) credits in Mathematics, which include core courses that move toward completion of AB or BC Calculus
         (including Geometry). Students must be enrolled in at least one Mathematics course each semester. Computer science
         courses will fulfill earned credits requirement in mathematics for graduation. In addition, enrollment in a computer science
         course will fulfill the requirement that a student enroll in at least one mathematics course each semester at IMSA. All students
         are required to successfully complete the equivalent of a high school geometry course prior to graduation. This requirement
         can be met in one of the following ways:
         i) The student successfully completes at least two years of an integrated mathematics program or at least one semester of a
                geometry course prior to being admitted to IMSA; or
         ii) The student enrolls in and successfully completes an IMSA-approved geometry course with a B or higher after being
                accepted to IMSA and successfully completes the IMSA geometry proficiency exam; or
         iii) The student successfully completes Geometry at IMSA.
     c) One additional (1.0) credit (two courses) in either Mathematics or Science.
     d) All students are required to demonstrate competency in Computer Science concepts and skills. Sophomores are required to
         complete Computer Science Inquiry (0.5 credit) unless they have already scored a 4 or higher on either the AP Computer
         Science A Exam or the AP Computer Science Principles Exam prior to the beginning of sophomore year.
• Three (3.0) credits in English, which include Literary Explorations I, II, and III and three English electives. Students must be
  enrolled in an English course each semester.
• Two and one-half (2.5) credits in History and Social Sciences, which include American Studies (0.5), a fall junior elective (0.5)
  and the spring course The World in the Twentieth Century (0.5), as well as two History and Social Sciences electives during senior
  year (1.0).
• Two (2.0) credits (four semesters) in World Languages taken two out of the three years at the Academy including completion of
  an Academy Level II course or higher. All language changes may only be made with both teachers’ approval. All World Languages
  courses are year-long courses and cannot be dropped at the end of the fall semester unless the student receives approval from the
  instructor and the Principal (designee). All sophomores and juniors are required to be enrolled in a World Language course each
  semester.
• One-half (0.50) credit in Fine Arts taken in the performing arts or the visual arts. All performance-based music courses are year-long
  courses and cannot be dropped at the end of the fall semester unless the student receives approval from the instructor and the Principal
  (designee).
• One (1.0) credit in Wellness including a one-semester course of Moving and Learning and one elective.

All students are also required to:
    1. Successfully complete two hundred (200) hours of Academy approved service by graduation.
    2. Participate in Development programs (i.e. LEAD, Navigation).
    3. Participate in Intersession.
Modification of these requirements can be made only with prior approval of the Principal. Previous high school, virtual high school, or
college credits earned at another institution will not earn graduation credit at IMSA.
ALL course requests are reviewed during the summer and may be changed based on performance.

                       MATHEMATICS and COMPUTER SCIENCE
Courses marked “(core)” form the basic sequence of IMSA mathematics courses. Students are expected to complete geometry, the
Mathematical Investigations sequence, and a calculus sequence in order, unless otherwise recommended by the IMSA mathematics
department and approved by the Principal (designee), and will be enrolled in mathematics courses accordingly.

MAT101 (Fall)                         Geometry (core)
                                      Grade Level:       Sophomore/Junior/Senior
                                      Length:            One Semester
                                      Credit:            0.50
                                      Prerequisite:      Initial Placement by Math Department

This is a one semester accelerated course in Euclidean Geometry for students with a solid background in algebra. In addition to content
from a standard year-long geometry course emphasis is placed on problem solving, algebra review, conjecture, and proof. Students will
also have the opportunity, using computers, to explore geometry dynamically.

MAT110 (Full Year)                    Mathematical Investigations I/II (core)
                                      Grade Level:       Sophomore
                                      Length:            Two Semesters
                                      Credit:            1.0
                                      Prerequisite:      Initial Placement by Math Department

The Mathematical Investigations courses integrate topics from all areas of pre-calculus mathematics. In these courses, students will be
expected to explore mathematical concepts, make conjectures and present logical, valid arguments for mathematical assertions. Both
written and oral forms of communication are emphasized. Mathematical Investigations I/II is a two-semester sequence of courses. The
first semester emphasizes advanced algebraic skills, linear relationships, equations and applications, data analysis and modeling, and
an introduction to functions. The second semester concentrates on the study of matrices, beginning sequences, functions and function
transformations, and exponential functions and comibinatorics.

MAT121 (Fall)                         Mathematical Investigations II (core)
MAT122 (Spring)
                                      Grade Level:       Sophomore/Junior
                                      Length:            One Semester
                                      Credit:            0.50
                                      Prerequisite:      Initial Placement by Math Department

The Mathematical Investigations courses integrate topics from all areas of pre-calculus mathematics. In these courses, students will be
expected to explore mathematical concepts, make conjectures and present logical, valid arguments for mathematical assertions. Both
written and oral forms of communication are emphasized. Mathematical Investigations II focuses on the study of matrices, linear
relationships, functions and function transformations, and also introduces exponential functions and combinatorics.

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MAT130/131 (Fall)                      Mathematical Investigations III (core)
MAT132 (Spring)
                                       Grade Level:       Sophomore/Junior/Senior
                                       Length:            One Semester
                                       Credit:            0.50
                                       Prerequisite:      Mathematical Investigations II or Mathematical Investigations I/II and
                                                          completion of geometry requirement; or Initial Placement by Math Depart-
                                                          ment

The Mathematical Investigations courses integrate topics from all areas of pre-calculus mathematics. In these courses, students will
be expected to explore mathematical concepts, make conjectures and present logical, valid arguments for mathematical assertions.
Both written and oral forms of communication are emphasized. Mathematical Investigations III builds on Mathematical Investigations
II, extending the concept of function and applications to include logarithmic functions, polynomial functions, rational functions, and
trigonometric functions. MAT130 and MAT131 will have a slightly different curricular emphasis, especially regarding polynomial and
rational functions. Both sections will prepare students for students for Mathematical Investigations IV. Placement in these sections will
be determined by the Math Department.

MAT141 (Fall)                          Mathematical Investigations IV (core)
MAT142 (Spring)
                                       Grade Level:       Sophomore/Junior/Senior
                                       Length:            One Semester
                                       Credit:            0.50
                                       Prerequisite:      Mathematical Investigations III or Initial Placement by Math Department

The Mathematical Investigations courses integrate topics from all areas of pre-calculus mathematics. In these courses, students will be
expected to explore mathematical concepts, make conjectures and present logical, valid arguments for mathematical assertions. Both
written and oral forms of communication are emphasized. Mathematical Investigations IV focuses on the study of sequences and series,
vectors, advanced trigonometry, polar coordinates, complex numbers, and mathematical induction.

Note about calculus: Experience has shown that students who attempt to learn calculus on their own or with
only the assistance of a tutor are not prepared sufficiently to succeed in subsequent calculus courses. There-
fore, no self-study in calculus will be accepted for placement in the IMSA calculus program. Additionally, only
high school courses from schools with AP-approved programs or IMSA pre-approved college courses will be
considered for placement beyond the beginning IMSA calculus course. Students considering accelerating their
mathematics education during the summer via calculus coursework are strongly advised to consider a different
aspect of mathematics, allowing calculus to be learned as a cohesive subject.

The difference between the calculus sequences: Upon the completion of MI-4, students typically enter into
one of three different Calculus courses- AB1, BC1, or BC1/2. These are all AP approved courses which follow
the AP curriculum, and provide students the opportunity to prepare for the AP exams in calculus. Semester A
focuses on derivatives, semester B on integrals, and semester C on using series. The AB course goes through the
first two semesters, working closely with a textbook, and is generally more traditional in style than IMSA’s MI
courses. BC Calculus covers all three semesters, embraces the style of Mathematical Investigations, and has more
rigorous expectations of the student’s knowledge of MI content, though still affording time at various points in
the course for a quick review of pre-calculus skills as needed.

The BC1/2 and BC2/3 courses cover the same content as the BC sequence in only two semesters. The courses
are intended for students who have demonstrated a deep interest in mathematics and who are mathematically
ready to cover the material both more deeply and more quickly. An ideal BC 1/2 student has a genuine interest in
mathematics and the development of its foundations. Beyond simply learning the mechanics of problem-solving,
students should thrive on theory and love of proof.

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Each student’s spring Mathematical Investigations III and IV teachers will make a recommendation as to which
calculus sequence will be most appropriate to the student’s learning style and mathematical readiness. Students
interested in BC1/2 should first have a conversation with their MI teacher who will make a recommendation.
Registration for this course does not occur during course selection but occurs during the MI-4 semester.

MAT211 (Fall)                         AB Calculus I (core)
                                      Grade Level:       Junior/Senior
                                      Length:            One Semester
                                      Credit:            0.50
                                      Prerequisite:      Mathematical Investigations IV and recommendation of MI Instructors

AB Calculus is a two-semester sequence, which includes the concepts presented in the Advanced Placement AB Calculus syllabus. The
first semester course discusses limits, derivatives, and their applications.

MAT222 (Spring)                       AB Calculus II (core)
                                      Grade Level:       Junior/Senior
                                      Length:            One Semester
                                      Credit:            0.50
                                      Prerequisite:      AB Calculus I

The second semester of this sequence will include additional topics from the Advanced Placement AB Calculus syllabus with a concen-
tration on the integral and its applications.

MAT311 (Fall)                         BC Calculus I (core)
MAT312 (Spring)
                                      Grade Level:       Sophomore/Junior/Senior
                                      Length:            One Semester
                                      Credit:            0.50
                                      Prerequisite:      Mathematical Investigations IV and recommendation of MI Instructors, or
                                                         initial placement by Math Department

BC Calculus is a three-semester sequence, which includes the material covered in the Advanced Placement BC Calculus syllabus. This
course will cover the foundations of calculus including concepts and applications of rates of change, derivatives, anti-derivatives, and
limits. With help from technology, these will be seen from graphical, numerical, and analytic points of view.

MAT321 (Fall)                         BC Calculus II (core)
MAT322 (Spring)
                                      Grade Level:       Sophomore/Junior/Senior
                                      Length:            One Semester
                                      Credit:            0.50
                                      Prerequisite:      BC Calculus I or initial placement by Math Department

This second course will continue the study of derivatives and begin work on the concept and applications of integrals. Technology will
be an important part of the development of the course.

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MAT331 (Fall)                          BC Calculus III (core)
MAT332 (Spring)
                                       Grade Level:       Sophomore/Junior/Senior
                                       Length:            One Semester
                                       Credit:            0.50
                                       Prerequisite:      BC Calculus II or initial placement by Math Department

The third course of the sequence will conclude the material covered in the Advanced Placement BC Calculus syllabus. Topics will
include sequences and series, differential equations, and polar graphs.

MAT361 (Fall)                          BC Calculus I/II (core)
MAT362 (Spring)
                                       Grade Level:       Sophomore/Junior/Senior
                                       Length:            One Semester
                                       Credit:            0.50
                                       Prerequisite:      MI IV and recommendation of MI Instructor(s) and completed approval
                                                          form.

BC Calculus is a three-semester sequence, which includes the material covered in the Advanced Placement BC Calculus syllabus. This
course, along with BC Calculus II/III, will cover the same content as the three-semester BC Calculus sequence. The material of this
course will not only be covered more quickly but also more deeply. Beyond simply learning the mechanics of problem solving, students
should thrive on theory and love of proof. This course will cover the foundations of calculus, including concepts and applications of
rates of change, derivatives, anti-derivatives, and limits, and begin work on the concept and applications of integrals. With help from
technology, these will be seen from graphical, numerical, and analytic points of view.

MAT371 (Fall)                          BC Calculus II/III (core)
MAT372 (Spring)
                                       Grade Level:       Sophomore/Junior/Senior
                                       Length:            One Semester
                                       Credit:            0.50
                                       Prerequisite:      BC Calculus I/II and recommendation of Instructor andcompleted approval
                                                          form.

The second course of the sequence will conclude and extend the material covered in the Advanced Placement BC Calculus syllabus.
Topics will include applications of integrals, improper integrals, sequences and series, differential equations, and the calculus of polar
coordinates and vector–valued functions.

MAT407 (Fall or Spring)                Modern Geometries
                                       Grade Level:       Junior/Senior
                                       Length:            One Semester
                                       Credit:            0.50
                                       Prerequisite:      Mathematical Investigations IV

Geometry, literally “measuring the earth,” was created when the earth was thought to be flat. In the modern world the earth, and indeed
the universe itself, are curved. Geometry has adapted, and is now a much richer field than ever before. Students in this class explore
ideas that take geometry well beyond the Euclidean plane. Topics may include axiom systems, projective, spherical, and hyperbolic
geometry, constructions, knot theory, origami, and other topics initiated by teacher or students.

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MAT411 (Fall)                           Statistical Exploration and Description
                                        Grade Level:        Junior/Senior
                                        Length:             One Semester
                                        Credit:             0.50
                                        Prerequisite:       Mathematical Investigations III and Methods in Scientific Inquiry

This course will serve as an introduction to college-level statistical thinking. It is built around two broad conceptual themes: 1) Exploring
data—making use of graphical and numerical techniques to study patterns and departures from patterns. 2) Planning and conducting
surveys and planning and conducting experiments. It will serve as an introductory course to Statistical Experimentation and Inference.

MAT412 (Spring)                         Statistical Experimentation and Inference
                                        Grade Level:        Junior/Senior
                                        Length:             One Semester
                                        Credit:             0.50
                                        Prerequisite:       Statistical Exploration and Description

This course provides college-level work in statistics. It will engage students in the major concepts and tools for analyzing and drawing
conclusions from data. The study of random variables will set the stage for developing models that will allow inferences to be drawn
from data. The course will emphasize sound statistical thinking rather than routine procedures, and will prepare students to take the
Advanced Placement exam in Statistics.

MAT421 (Fall or Spring)                 Number Theory
                                        Grade Level:        Junior/Senior
                                        Length:             One Semester
                                        Credit:             0.50
                                        Prerequisite:       One semester of Calculus and permission of Instructor and completed ap-
                                                            proval form.

Number Theory challenges students to investigate the number systems they have used all their lives. The integers are defined axiomat-
ically, and familiar properties of arithmetic are proven. Exploration then turns to divisibility, primes, the Fundamental Theorem of
Arithmetic, the GCD, linear diophantine equations, and multiplicative functions. Linear congruence problems and multiple congru-
ences (Chinese Remainder Theorem) are followed by special congruences (Theorems of Wilson and Euler-Fermat). This is then used to
study decimal expansions of rational and real numbers. Further topics may include primality testing, continued fractions, introductory
cryptography, and quadratic reciprocity. This course is centered around a dual emphasis on calculation techniques and rigorous proof.

MAT425 (Fall)                           Problem Solving
                                        Grade Level:        Junior/Senior
                                        Length:             One Semester
                                        Credit:             0.50
                                        Prerequisite:       Mathematical Investigations III

In this course, students will learn how to apply a broad range of problem-solving techniques and strategies that strengthen their reasoning
abilities leading to discovery and appreciation of interrelationships between mathematical concepts. The course will emphasize both
individual and group investigations through written and oral mathematical arguments with precision and appropriate rigor. The course
will build up each student’s inherent problem-solving skills to include strategies like working backward, solving a simpler problem, and
searching for a pattern. Topics will change each semester and may be drawn from career fields, current societal events, or historical
examples.

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MAT435 (Spring)                         Discrete Mathematics
                                        Grade Level:        Junior/Senior (Sophomores by placement of Math Department)
                                        Length:             One Semester
                                        Credit:             0.50
                                        Prerequisite:       Mathematical Investigations III and recommendation of Instructor; or
                                                            Mathematical Investivgations IV

This course is a study of topics that are based on concepts, ideas, and algorithms in mathematics that can, in some manner, be divided
into “separate” or “discontinuous” (and thus, discrete) parts. Major areas of mathematical content addressed in the course can include
social applications and decision making (such as voting theory), techniques of counting, permutations, combinations, probability, graph
theory (including applications of paths and circuits in graphs, graph coloring, and spanning trees), recursion, algorithm development,
pattern generation and recognition in a variety of contexts, Pascal-type triangles and their connection to other mathematical content,
modular math, and modeling. Individual and group investigations and explorations are emphasized throughout the course.

MAT441 (Fall)                           Multi-Variable Calculus
MAT442 (Spring)
                                        Grade Level:        Junior/Senior (Sophomores by placement of Math Department)
                                        Length:             One Semester
                                        Credit:             0.50
                                        Prerequisite:       BC Calculus III and recommendation of Instructor, or placement by Math
                                                            Department.

Multi-Variable Calculus will apply the tools of calculus to functions of several variables. Topics will include the algebra and geometry
of vectors, a study of functions of several variables, applications of partial derivatives, multiple integrals, line and surface integrals, and
(time permitting) Green’s, Stokes’ and Gauss’ Theorems.

MAT445 (Spring)                         Theory of Analysis
                                        Grade Level:        Junior/Senior
                                        Length:             One Semester
                                        Credit:             0.50
                                        Prerequisite:       Number Theory or any course at/above MAT 441 and permission of the
                                                            Instructor and completed approval form.

This course provides a theoretical look at many of the important concepts studied in the BC Calculus sequence. The emphasis in this
course will be upon rigorous mathematical proof. Major ideas addressed in this course include: mathematical proof, theory of sets,
sequences, topology of the real numbers, limits, continuity, and differentiation. Enrollment in this course requires a high degree of
mathematical maturity along with a deep understanding of the concepts covered in the BC Calculus sequence. There will be opportunity
for the class to take excursions into related theory when students in the class take the lead. There will be an emphasis on group work and
student presentations to the class.

MAT452 (Spring)                         Differential Equations
                                        Grade Level:        Junior/Senior
                                        Length:             One Semester
                                        Credit:             0.50
                                        Prerequisite:       BC Calculus III (or BC Calculus II with permission of Instructor and com-
                                                            pleted approval form.)

Differential equations are used to represent and model a wide variety of real-world situations. Students will study a number of approaches
to analytic and numeric solution of differential equations while they simultaneously investigate the models with computer software. After
an introduction to the study of differential equations students will study both linear and non-linear models, and use both continuous and
discrete approaches to determine the long-term behavior of the phenomena described by the equations.

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MAT473 (Fall)                         Linear Algebra
                                      Grade Level:       Junior/Senior
                                      Length:            One Semester
                                      Credit:            0.50
                                      Prerequisite:      BC Calculus III and permission of Instructor and completed approval form.

This course concentrates on the theory of simultaneous linear equations. Gaussian elimination is used as a tool to solve linear systems
and to investigate the subspace structure of a matrix (kernel, range, etc.). Extensions of these ideas include orthogonality and least
squares. Determinants are examined from several perspectives, Eigenvalues and eigenvectors are introduced, including a discussion
of special matrices (symmetric, unitary, normal, etc.). Applications may include singular value decomposition and the Fast Fourier
transform.

MAT474 (Spring)                       Abstract Algebra
                                      Grade Level:       Junior/Senior
                                      Length:            One Semester
                                      Credit:            0.50
                                      Prerequisite:      Multi-Variable Calculus, Number Theory, Theory of Analysis, or Linear
                                                         Algebra and permission of Instructor and completed approval form.

The content of this course is flexible, but is generally an introduction to abstract algebra. Students learn about groups, subgroups,
homomorphisms, and the structure of various groups (such as the structure theorem for finitely graded Abelian groups, the Sylow
theorems, etc.). Students also investigate the basics of rings. Ring topics include deals and homomorphisms; PIDs, UFDs, and Euclidean
domains; fields and (time permitting) field extensions including applications such as constructibility. All aspects of the course are
presented with full mathematical rigor, and students are expected to produce proofs of equivalent quality to mathematics majors at a
university.

MAT801 (Fall)                         Advanced Topics in Mathematics
MAT802 (Spring)
                                      Grade Level:       Junior/Senior
                                      Length:            One Semester
                                      Credit:            0.50
                                      Prerequisite:      Multi-Variable Calculus and Number Theory, or Linear Algebra, or Ab-
                                                         stract Algebra; and permission of Instructor and completed approval form.

Students who have finished the core mathematics program and for whom there is no other appropriate mathematics course available can
petition for this as an option. Student and instructor will select topics jointly. Course may be used as core mathematics course.

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Computer science courses will fulfill earned credits requirement in mathematics for graduation. In addition, enrollment in a computer
science course will fulfill the requirement that a student enroll in at least one mathematics course each semester at IMSA.

CS100 (Fall or Spring)                 Computer Science Inquiry
                                       Grade Level:       Sophomore
                                       Length:            One Semester
                                       Credit:            0.50
                                       Prerequisite:      None

This course will explore the fundamentals of computer science that are essential for students in the 21st century. The principles of
computer science are taught with two concurrent themes. Creativity Theme topics: Computing as a creative activity, processing of data
creates knowledge, abstraction, levels of abstraction, managing complexity, computational thinking, problem solving, programming
(in Python) and debugging. Principles Theme topics: Data and information, algorithms, basic ideas behind technologies including
computers, hardware, software and networks, Internet and search engines, and multimedia, social uses and abuses of information, and
the foundations of privacy.

CS205 (Fall or Spring)                 Object Oriented Programming
                                       Grade Level:       Junior/Senior
                                       Length:            One Semester
                                       Credit:            0.50
                                       Prerequisite:      Computer Science Inquiry, or a score of 4 or higher on the AP Computer
                                                          Science Principles Exam or AP Computer Science A exam.

This one-semester course is designed to teach the fundamental concepts of computer programming using the object oriented program-
ming language Java. The course emphasis is on the creation and use of "objects" as the basic tool for developing various program
algorithms (such as finding the lowest common divisor, sorting an array), data structures (such as arrays, strings), and programming pro-
cesses (such as manipulating data files, passing parameters by value and by reference). Throughout the course there is an emphasis on
the use of existing "classes" and the development of new, project-related classes. NO CREDIT CAN BE EARNED IN THIS COURSE
IF THE STUDENT HAS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED CS305 Advanced Programming OR any Computer Seminar course.

CS235 (Fall/Spring)                    Web Technologies
                                       Grade Level:       Junior/Senior
                                       Length:            One Semester
                                       Credit:            0.50
                                       Prerequisite:      Computer Science Inquiry, or a score of 4 or higher on either the AP Com-
                                                          puter Science A Exam or the AP Computer Science Principles Exam.

Building on the basic Web Technologies units in the Computer Science Inquiry course, students will learn to create more dynamic and
interactive websites. Students will explore advanced HTML and CSS, and basic Javascript to enhance the client-side webpages. They
will begin working with server-side scripting and web applications development. PHP and MySQL will allow the students to create
dynamic websites that store, access, and use data stored in the database tables. NO CREDIT CAN BE EARNED IN THIS COURSE IF
THE STUDENT HAS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED CS335 Advanced Web Technologies.

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CS305 (Spring)                         Advanced Programming
                                       Grade Level:        Junior/Senior
                                       Length:             One Semester
                                       Credit:             0.50
                                       Prerequisite:       Object Oriented Programming or a score of 4 or higher on the AP Computer
                                                           Science A Exam.

This course continues to develop the ideas introduced in Object Oriented Programming. Topics may include: inheritance, interface,
polymorphism, recursion, hashmaps, hashsets, stacks, queues, trees, linked lists, and advanced programming techniques including ad-
vanced sorts and searches. Programming projects in this course are designed to learn as many aspects of the programming algorithms and
development as possible. The projects include different stages of developing software including design, coding, testing and refactoring.

CS315 (Fall)                           Microcontroller Applications (CS)
                                       Grade Level:        Junior/Senior
                                       Length:             One Semester
                                       Credit:             0.50
                                       Prerequisite:       Scientific Inquiries - Physics and Computer Science Inquiry

In this course, students will use a microcontroller to take input from their environment and manipulate it to control an external device.
In the process, students will learn to program and debug a popular, ubiquitous microcontroller. They will also become acquainted with
a variety of sensors, motors, and input/output devices. The first part of the class will focus on instructional activities while the latter
portion will be dominated by one or more group projects. NOTE: Students enrolled in CS315 CANNOT take SCI315.

CS335 (Spring)                         Advanced Web Technologies
                                       Grade Level:        Junior/Senior
                                       Length:             One Semester
                                       Credit:             0.50
                                       Prerequisite:       Web Technologies or passing the placement test

The first part of this course is focused on building on the technologies that students encountered in CS235 Web Technologies. They will
study advanced topics in PHP and MySQL after reviewing JavaScript and the JQuery Library and learning about Bootstrap to create
responsive websites. They will learn about database design and the ERD diagrams as well as using more advanced queries on PHP.
Object-oriented programming concepts will be emphasized in PHP. The second part focuses on using JavaScript as a client and Node.js
as a server technology. Students will be introduced to JSON objects that primarily transmit data between a server and web application,
serving as an alternative to XML. Students will have an opportunity to develop, test and deploy a real-world E-commerce site using
these technologies for their final project. Students will explore many of these advanced topics through research and presentations.

CS421 (Fall or Spring)                 CS Seminar: Android Apps Development
                                       Grade Level:        Junior/Senior
                                       Length:             One Semester
                                       Credit:             0.50
                                       Prerequisite:       Object Oriented Programming or a score of 4 or higher on the AP Computer
                                                           Science A Exam

This seminar is designed for students who have prior knowledge of Java programming language and want to learn how to develop
Android apps. Students will learn to create an Android project using Android studio and will learn to build a debuggable version of
the app. Students will also be introduced to some Android architecture and the key principles underlying design. They will gain an
understanding of the steps that are involved in developing an Android app and will become familiar with the Android development tools
and user interface. Students will build two major apps for their two quarter projects. Students will explore many of the advanced topics
through research and presentations. (Offered in alternating years with CS431)

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CS422 (Fall or Spring)                 CS Seminar: Linux and Cybersecurity
                                       Grade Level:       Junior/Senior
                                       Length:            One Semester
                                       Credit:            0.50
                                       Prerequisite:      Object Oriented Programming or a score of 4 or higher on the AP Computer
                                                          Science A Exam

This course introduces students to the Linux operating system and its basic operations and file management system. Students are
then introduced to the interdisciplinary field of cybersecurity by discussing the evolution of information security, cyber-crime, current
trends in cyber-related strategies and policies, and cyber-related challenges facing the global community. Students will focus on cyber
forensics and forensics investigations by researching advanced topics like DDoS, SQL injection, VPN, man-in-the-middle attacks,
steganography, cryptography and social engineering among other topics. Students will be required to demonstrate their knowledge
by participating in solving forensics challenges using virtual machines. Students will explore many of the advanced topics through
research and presentations.

CS431 (Fall or Spring)                 CS Seminar: Machine Learning
                                       Grade Level:       Junior/Senior
                                       Length:            One Semester
                                       Credit:            0.50
                                       Prerequisite:      Mathematical Investigations IV and Object Oriented Programming or a
                                                          score of 4 or higher on the AP Computer Science A Exam

This introductory one-semester seminar is designed for students who have prior knowledge of programming experience, and knowledge
of math and statistics (see prerequisites for details). We will study multiple classes of problems: supervised learning and unsupervised
learning, reward etc.. We will use the Python programming language in the Anaconda development platform. In supervised learning,
we will study problems of regression. For example, program the machine to predict the price of the house. In unsupervised learning, we
will program the machine to answer questions, such as whether a given email is spam. We will study several problems in each category.
The students are encouraged to research problems of their interest and work on those as part of their project assignments.

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SCIENCE
SCI105 (Fall or Spring)                Scientific Inquiries - Chemistry
                                       Grade Level:        Sophomore
                                       Length:             One Semester
                                       Credit:             0.50
                                       Prerequisite:       None

The course is a one semester course designed to engage the students in foundational concepts in chemistry and to prepare them for
advanced study in science. The content explored includes: the periodic table and periodic trends, inorganic nomenclature, writing
and balancing equations, stoichiometric relationships and their applications, chemical equilibria, and acids and bases. This content is
encountered through a combination of lab-based activities, guided inquiry, group discussion and direct instruction. Students will be
given the opportunity to place out of Scientific Inquiries – Chemistry by demonstrating proficiency on a placement exam.

SCI115 (Fall or Spring)                Scientific Inquiries - Physics
                                       Grade Level:        Sophomore
                                       Length:             One Semester
                                       Credit:             0.50
                                       Prerequisite:       None

The course addresses the fundamental principles of classical mechanics including Newton’s laws of motion, kinematics, gravitation,
and the conservation laws of momentum and energy. Students learn concepts and skills through a combination of lab activities and
experiments, guided inquiry, group discussion, collaborative problem solving and direct instruction. Students have the opportunity to
place out of this course by opting to take a scheduled placement exam and demonstrating proficiency on the exam.

SCI135 (Fall or Spring)                Methods in Scientific Inquiry
                                       Grade Level:        Sophomore
                                       Length:             One Semester
                                       Credit:             0.50
                                       Prerequisite:       None

The course explicitly addresses three broad areas encompassed by the nature of science: data acquisition and analysis, experimental
design, and written and oral communication. Activities will support the development of basic skills across the science disciplines and
promote an understanding of scientific inquiry and the nature of research.

SCI201 (Fall)                          Advanced Chemistry - Structure and Properties
                                       Grade Level:        Junior/Senior
                                       Length:             One Semester
                                       Credit:             0.50
                                       Prerequisite:       Scientific Inquiries - Chemistry or equivalent

This course places an emphasis on relating physical and chemical features (properties) of substances to their atomic, molecular, or ionic
makeup (structure). The class is laboratory-based and allows students to actively engage in learning and applying fundamental chemical
principles. Topics studied include molecular modeling, intermolecular forces, stoichiometry, states of matter, solutions, spectropho-
tometry, and chemical kinetics. The relationship of chemical principles to highly relevant issues will be highlighted where appropriate.
Examples include topics as diverse as how polarity of molecules affects biological systems and climate to how salt lowers the freezing
point of ice on roads but helps to cook spaghetti faster. In keeping with the philosophy of the academy, students are expected to construct
an understanding of chemistry concepts through laboratory experiences, collaborative work, and asking questions.

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SCI202 (Spring)                        Advanced Chemistry - Chemical Reactions
                                       Grade Level:       Junior/Senior
                                       Length:            One Semester
                                       Credit:            0.50
                                       Prerequisite:      Scientific Inquiries - Chemistry or equivalent

This course places an emphasis on learning fundamental chemical concepts by exploring chemical reactions. The class is laboratory-
based and allows students to actively engage in learning and applying fundamental chemical principles. Topics studied include chemical
equilibrium, acids and bases, thermochemistry, and electrochemistry. The relationship of chemical principles to highly relevant issues
will be highlighted. Examples include diverse topics such as how acid-base buffers play important roles in biological systems, how
the calorie content of foods is measured, and the theory behind how batteries work. In keeping with the philosophy of the academy,
students are expected to construct an understanding of chemistry concepts through laboratory experiences, collaborative work, and
asking questions.

SCI211 (Fall)                          Survey of Organic Chemistry
                                       Grade Level:       Junior/Senior
                                       Length:            One Semester
                                       Credit:            0.50
                                       Prerequisite:      Scientific Inquiries – Chemistry or equivalent
                                                          Students who successfully complete Survey of Organic Chemistry are
                                                          not eligible to enroll in Organic Chemistry I or Organic Chemistry II.

Survey of Organic Chemistry is a one semester blended course composed of an in-class and an on-line component. The purpose of this
course is to provide students with basic understanding of the concepts of the theory of organic chemistry and the skills needed to be
successful at the university level. The curriculum includes a study of functional group structure and nomenclature, basic reactions, and
lab technique and data analysis. The course presents organic chemistry in a holistic fashion identifying structure-function relationships
and discovering similarities and differences among organic compounds. The course is inquiry-based, and places emphasis on hands-on
and virtual lab work allowing students opportunities to better understand concepts. The online component introduces new concepts
using interactive presentations and knowledge check features. Because much of introductory organic chemistry lab involves learning
organic chemistry laboratory techniques, lab experiences at times reinforce concepts being learned in the classroom, but at other times
are intended as stand-alone learning opportunities intended to enhance the student’s organic chemistry skills.

SCI215 (Fall or Spring)                Organic Chemistry I
                                       Grade Level:       Junior/Senior
                                       Length:            One Semester
                                       Credit:            0.50
                                       Prerequisite:      Scientific Inquiries – Chemistry or equivalent

The purpose of this course is to provide students with basic understanding of the underlying processes of hydrocarbon chemistry and the
skills needed to be successful in university level organic chemistry. The curriculum includes a study of nomenclature, basic reactions in
addition to lab technique, set-up and data-analysis. This course presents organic chemistry as a progressive and systematic building of
molecules from methane to benzene. The course is hands-on, inquiry-based, and places heavy emphasis on lab work. Because much of
introductory organic chemistry lab involves learning organic chemistry laboratory techniques, lab experiences at times reinforce concepts
being learned in the classroom, but at other times are intended as stand-alone learning opportunities intended to enhance the student’s
organic chemistry skills. Applications of the lab explorations and discussions will culminate with the separation and identification of
organic compound unknowns.

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SCI222 (Spring)                        Organic Chemistry II
                                       Grade Level:        Junior/Senior
                                       Length:             One Semester
                                       Credit:             0.50
                                       Prerequisite:       Organic Chemistry I

The purpose of this course is to provide students with basic understanding of the underlying principles associated with several of the
organic functional groups and the skills needed to be successful in university level organic chemistry. The curriculum includes a study of
stereochemistry, nomenclature, basic reactions, synthesis, and spectroscopy. This course presents organic chemistry as a progressive and
systematic building of molecules from alcohols to carboxylic acids and derivatives. The course is hands-on, inquiry-based, and places
heavy emphasis on lab work. Most of the organic chemistry lab activities involve reinforcing concepts being learned in the classroom
in addition to enhancing the student’s organic chemistry lab skills. Applications of the classroom concepts and lab explorations will
culminate with the identification of organic compound unknowns.

SCI235 (Fall or Spring)                Biochemistry
                                       Grade Level:        Junior/Senior
                                       Length:             One Semester
                                       Credit:             0.50
                                       Prerequisite:       Scientific Inquiries - Chemistry or equivalent and Scientific Inquiries – Bi-
                                                           ology or concurrently with Advanced Biological Systems

This is a one-semester course that extends fundamental concepts in chemistry, such as equilibrium, acid/base and thermodynamics into
an exploration of biology. The content explored includes: 1) applying equilibrium process to study biochemical reactions as well as cell
structure, 2) studying the structure and function of amino acids and proteins, 3) analyzing the kinetic parameters of enzymes including
different mechanisms of how drugs are used to inhibit enzymes, and 4) understanding and making connections in metabolism. The
course is lab-based and students will gain experience in various bio-techniques to investigate these topics. The majority of the content is
encountered through a guided inquiry process.

SCI245 (Fall or Spring)                Environmental Chemistry
                                       Grade Level:        Junior/Senior
                                       Length:             One Semester
                                       Credit:             0.50
                                       Prerequisite:       Scientific Inquiries - Chemistry or equivalent

This is a one-semester integrated course that explores topics related to chemical effects in the natural environment. Chemistry topics
include atomic, molecular, ionic and radical structures, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, gas laws, acid/base, equilibrium and oxida-
tion/reduction. Environmental topics include the sources, reactions, transport, effects and fates of chemical species in the soil, water
and air. These two areas are woven together in daily work and larger projects. This course is divided into four major parts that reflect
the most pressing issues in Environmental Chemistry today: Atmospheric Chemistry; Water Chemistry; Pollution and Toxic Organic
Compounds; and Energy and Climate Change. Students will perform laboratories that will involve sampling, quantitative detection and
data analysis.

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SCI255 (Fall or Spring)                Medicinal Chemistry
                                       Grade Level:        Junior/Senior
                                       Length:             One Semester
                                       Credit:             0.50
                                       Prerequisite:       Scientific Inquiries – Chemistry or equivalent

This lab-based course will provide an in-depth look at how novel, pharmacologically active molecules are designed to treat human
diseases. An overview of modern medicinal chemistry, from first principles of drug action to design and development of potential
therapeutics, will be presented. The action and behavior of pharmaceutical compounds and the relationship between their structure and
their chemical and therapeutic properties, and therefore, the chemical considerations in drug design will be explored. Structure activity
relationships will be explored through case studies. Methods of drug discovery will be investigated, including the development of drugs
from natural products, computer modeling and rational drug design.

SCI315 (Spring)                        Microcontroller Applications (Science)
                                       Grade Level:        Junior/Senior
                                       Length:             One Semester
                                       Credit:             0.50
                                       Prerequisite:       Scientific Inquiries - Physics and Computer Science Inquiry

In this course, students will use a microcontroller to take input from their environment and manipulate it to control an external device.
In the process, students will learn to program and debug a popular, ubiquitous microcontroller. They will also become acquainted with
a variety of sensors, motors, and input/output devices. The first part of the class will focus on instructional activities while the latter
portion will be dominated by one or more group projects. NOTE: Students enrolled in SCI315 CANNOT take CS315.

SCI325 (Fall or Spring)                Geology
                                       Grade Level:        Junior/Senior
                                       Length:             One Semester
                                       Credit:             0.50
                                       Prerequisite:       Scientific Inquiries – Chemistry or equivalent

This course introduces geology in the context of the Earth System, with a focus on geological problem-solving. Students will examine
interactions between the lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere; study Earth materials and their distribution on our planet;
evaluate evidence for key events in Earth history; and explore the relationship between geology and human societies. Students will
gain experience with key methods of geological investigation via hands-on work with geological specimens and data, supplemented
by discussions and readings from primary literature. For the final project, students will develop expertise with particular subfields of
geology and work in teams to integrate multiple lines of evidence and interpret the geological history of a “field” area.

SCI402 (Fall or Spring)                Physics: Sound and Light
                                       Grade Level:        Junior/Senior
                                       Length:             One Semester
                                       Credit:             0.50
                                       Prerequisite:       Scientific Inquiries - Physics or equivalent; Mathematical Investigations III
                                                           or co-requisite of Mathematical Investigations III and instructor approval.

Physics: Sound and Light includes the study of mechanical oscillations, wave properties and interactions, sound, resonance and musical
instruments, light, and optics. The course is hands-on and inquiry-based, with an emphasis on lab and project work.

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SCI411 (Fall)                          Physics: Calculus-Based Mechanics
                                       Grade Level:       Junior/Senior
                                       Length:            One Semester
                                       Credit:            0.50
                                       Prerequisite:      Scientific Inquiries – Physics or equivalent, AB Calculus I or BC Calculus
                                                          I. The co-requisite is AB Calculus II or BC Calculus II.

Calculus-Based Physics/Mechanics follows the typical sequence of a university physics course. The semester is devoted to topics in
classical mechanics including Newton’s laws of motion, conservation of momentum and conservation of energy as they apply to both
translational and rotational motion. The major emphasis of the course is on problem-solving including laboratory experiments, and
theoretical problems. There is strong overlap with the AP Physics C Mechanics exam.

SCI412 (Spring)                        Physics: Calculus-Based Electricity/Magnetism
                                       Grade Level:       Junior/Senior
                                       Length:            One Semester
                                       Credit:            0.50
                                       Prerequisite:      Scientific Inquiries - Physics or equivalent, AB Calculus II or BC Calculus
                                                          II, Calculus-Based Physics – Mechanics.

Calculus-Based Physics/Electricity and Magnetism follows the typical sequence of a university physics course. The semester is devoted
to topics in electrostatics, circuits, magnetism, and induction. The major emphasis of the course is on problem-solving including
laboratory experiments and theoretical problems. There is strong overlap between the curriculum and the AP Physics C Electricity and
Magnetism exam.

SCI425 (Fall or Spring)                Planetary Science
                                       Grade Level:       Junior/Senior
                                       Length:            One Semester
                                       Credit:            0.50
                                       Prerequisite:      None

This course will introduce students to basic concepts in planetary science and the dynamic processes of planetary formation and evolu-
tion. This course will briefly cover the Big Bang, stellar evolution, and planetary formation to allow students to better understand the
initial conditions out of which the Earth formed. This course will cover in a mostly qualitative way the many interactions and relation-
ships between the properties of the Earth, and how these interactions caused our planet to change and evolve over time. The student’s
grade for the course will be mostly based on exams, and on one or two extended projects, spanning the semester.

SCI445 (Fall or Spring)                Modern Physics
                                       Grade Level:       Junior/Senior
                                       Length:            One Semester
                                       Credit:            0.50
                                       Prerequisite:      Scientific Inquiries - Physics or equivalent

Modern Physics is a one-semester course covering major concepts of twentieth-century physics. The course focuses on special relativity,
nonrelativistic quantum mechanics, and elementary particle physics, emphasizing conceptual understanding and the ability to solve
problems in novel situations. Students will complete a large project that requires them to learn in depth about topics in modern physics.

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SCI455 (Fall or Spring)                Engineering
                                       Grade Level:       Junior/Senior
                                       Length:            One Semester
                                       Credit:            0.50
                                       Prerequisite:      Scientific Inquiries - Physics or equivalent

Engineering’s curriculum is grounded in IMSA’s mission of advancing the human condition. Students gain hands-on experience studying
problems, working in teams to design solutions and constructing their designs. As students work on projects, they may utilize mechanics,
electronics, chemistry, and biology. Students may also utilize tools and methods such as CAD, construction of models or prototypes, 3D
printing, and programming. Students are also exposed to the many branches of engineering and the highly diverse opportunities within
the field through an interview with an engineer. Students form teams to develop original products that advance the human condition and
are related to United Nations Sustainable Development goals. Teams make a presentation on this project including a demonstration of
their prototype.

SCI505 (Spring)                        Computational Science
                                       Grade Level:       Junior/Senior
                                       Length:            One Semester
                                       Credit:            0.50
                                       Prerequisite:      Object Oriented Programming or or a score of 4 or higher on the AP Com-
                                                          puter Science A Exam or instructor approval

Computational Science offers an introduction to using computer programming to solve science problems. Students will learn to apply
programs they have written to real problems in physics, chemistry, biology, and other sciences. The course will discuss Monte Carlo
methodology, minimization, finite element analysis, machine learning, and simulations. Assignments apply object orientation, poly-
morphism, and data structures to problems such as projectile motion, thermodynamics, reaction rates, natural selection, gravitational
interactions, and population dynamics.

SCI600 (Full Year)                     Advanced Biological Systems
                                       Grade Level:       Junior
                                       Length:            Two Semesters
                                       Credit:            1.0
                                       Prerequisite:      None

This course focuses on four themes to organize our study into major biological systems: the development of organisms, molecular and
cellular physiology with applications, global and personal health, and the interdependent world. Students will engage in learning through
a combination of laboratory activities, classroom discussion, and guided modeling. Projects, which focus scientific understanding to
address current issues, will organize the learning and allow students to apply their knowledge. Student writing and presentations will be
important means by which students convey understanding. NO CREDIT CAN BE EARNED IN THIS COURSE IF THE STUDENT
HAS COMPLETED SCI125 Scientific Inquiries - Biology.

SCI605 (Fall or Spring)                Evolution, Biodiversity, and Ecology
                                       Grade Level:       Junior/Senior
                                       Length:            One Semester
                                       Credit:            0.50
                                       Prerequisite:      Scientific Inquiries – Biology or Advanced Biological Systems; and Meth-
                                                          ods in Scientific Inquiry

This is a one-semester course that explores the evolution and diversity of living organisms and their interactions with each other and
the environment. Students will investigate patterns of biological diversity across geographical space and time, up through the current
era. They will focus on ancestry, evolutionary mechanisms, speciation, behavior and ecological concepts with special context given to
current issues.

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SCI616 (Fall or Spring)                 Cancer Biology
                                        Grade Level:        Junior/Senior
                                        Length:             One Semester
                                        Credit:             0.50
                                        Prerequisite:       Scientific Inquiries – Biology or Advanced Biological Systems; and Scien-
                                                            tific Inquiries – Chemistry or equivalent

This course will be focused on the biology of cancer cells and tumor development. Students will examine cancer as a multi-faceted
disease, drawing on many different molecular pathways, but also connecting to cell differentiation, the immune system, tissues formation,
and many modern molecular techniques in research and medicine. This course will also have a significant lab component to help support
students’ understanding of these different aspects of cancer. NO CREDIT CAN BE EARNED IN THIS COURSE IF THE STUDENT
HAS COMPLETED SCI615 Molecular and Cellular Biology.

SCI625 (Fall or Spring)                 Microbes and Disease
                                        Grade Level:        Junior/Senior
                                        Length:             One Semester
                                        Credit:             0.50
                                        Prerequisite:       Scientific Inquiries – Biology or Advanced Biological Systems; and Scien-
                                                            tific Inquiries – Chemistry or equivalent

This is a one-semester integrated course that explores topics related to microbes and the relationship between infection and human
defense mechanisms. Topics include the germ theory, select bacterial and viral structure and function, invasiveness and pathogenicity,
the human immune system, and an introduction to emerging infectious diseases. Microbial life will be studied in the laboratory setting
by using non-pathogenic microbes so that students attain the appropriate laboratory skills.

SCI636 (Fall or Spring)                 Pathophysiology
                                        Grade Level:        Junior/Senior
                                        Length:             One Semester
                                        Credit:             0.50
                                        Prerequisite:       Methods in Scientific Inquiry, Computer Science Inquiry, and Mathemati-
                                                            cal Investigations 1/2 or Mathematical Investigations II; and Scientific In-
                                                            quiries – Chemistry or equivalent

It is widely understood that cells contain networks of thousands of biochemical interactions, the subsequent result of evolution selecting
for the organisms that survive. Advances in experimental technology have shown that these biological networks have evolved in a
specific way to perform essential functions. This kind of thinking is a tangential departure from traditional physiology by incorporating
the biochemistry and physiology of biological systems to interpret the outcomes. In this course, students will learn how to build models
of biological systems by examining the inputs, studying the interactions of the system with external and internal factors and finally
predicting the possible outcomes of the system. Students will combine their understanding of biological systems with technology and
programming to build their models, which will be represented by a combination of three-dimensional models, computer simulations and
Arduino based tools of system measurement. Emphasis will be placed on the biochemical, molecular and physiological changes that
control homeostatic cellular mechanisms and permit survival of the system. The final unit will be a compilation of student projects to
demonstrate how the individual biological systems integrate to sustain the function of the whole organism with minimal expenditure of
energy. Students will also reflect on how biological systems are designed to allow their essential function to be insensitive to the naturally
occurring fluctuations in the system. NO CREDIT CAN BE EARNED IN THIS COURSE IF THE STUDENT HAS COMPLETED
SCI635 Physiology and Disease.

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SCI645 (Fall or Spring)               Biology of Behavior
                                      Grade Level:       Junior/Senior
                                      Length:            One Semester
                                      Credit:            0.50
                                      Prerequisite:      Scientific Inquiries – Biology or Advanced Biological Systems

In this course, students will examine the different neural, biochemical, evolutionary, ecological, and social pressures that influence
behavior. Once students gain a base understanding of these different fields of study, we will focus on learning, mate choice, social
dynamics, and behavioral disorders. The last unit will involve students’ choice for topics. Examples for this unit might include impact
of art or music on human interactions and evolution of our behaviors.

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ENGLISH
ENG101 (Fall)                          Literary Explorations I
ENG102 (Spring)                        Literary Explorations II
                                       Grade Level:        Sophomore
                                       Length:             Two Semesters
                                       Credit:             0.50 per semester
                                       Prerequisite:       None

This course introduces students to a variety of genres in literature, to the processes of effective reading, to the work of discussion and
performance as a response to literature, and to the processes of writing in various forms for different purposes, but with an emphasis on
critical essays. LE I begins with a focus on composition and rhetoric in the fall, continuing into LE II in the spring, where the students
will focus on literary analysis. Students will explore readings of aesthetic and cultural significance primarily from American literature,
focusing in particular on their thematic and historical connections.

ENG201a/b/c (Fall)                     Literary Explorations III
                                       Grade Level:        Junior
                                       Length:             One Semester
                                       Credit:             0.50
                                       Prerequisite:       Literary Explorations II

Students continue to develop their skills in reading, writing, discussion, and performance. In Literary Explorations III courses, students
learn to consider works of literature in historical, literary, and linguistic context by focusing on a national or international tradition.
All responsible literature classes put texts in context, of course, but these classes particularly center the connections between works of
literature, between literary works and historical change, and between literary works and language change as much as they center the
works themselves.

Literary Explorations III: American (201a) What – or who – is an “American?” Great minds have been trying
to answer this question since America’s colonial beginnings. In this course, we will join this conversation by ex-
ploring some of the literary works – poems, essays, speeches, stories, and books – that recorded and contributed
to this nation’s early history. By the end of this course, you will have a better sense of the early literature of this
nation. You will be able to critically read, write, and form your own thoughts about the ideas and principles that
helped form this country, divided it in a bitter war, and still continue to impact us – sometimes controversially –
to this day.

Literary Explorations III: British (201b) As they explore readings of aesthetic and cultural significance from
the beginnings of English literature to the 19th century, students think through the development of the English
language and the formation of the canon of English literature. We will examine a variety of genres within founda-
tional British literature, including poetry, drama, and fiction. Research-based student presentations will comple-
ment our readings and explore a range of historical topics related to the course. By the end of the course, students
will have experienced, responded to, and analyzed many of the most influential works in English literature.

Literary Explorations III: World (201c) In this course, we ask what it means to consider a literary tradition
that belongs to the whole world instead of individual nations. How do large separations in space and time change
our notions of literary influence? If texts from across the world are available to us, how do we decide what to
read? What experiences do people around the world share, and what differences can reading texts from around
the world help us understand? This course will include works from the six populated continents from a variety
of linguistic and cultural traditions and select theoretical works that consider different approaches to the idea of
"world literature." Students will write thematic essays, consider translations of texts originally from the linguistic

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